The United Nations Security Council has censured South Africa for its recent attacks on Angola.?
SV Nigeria's Ambassador Leslie Harriman speaking (in English). (3 SHOTS)
GV Delegates voting, Chairman calling for "No" votes, then Abstentions as UK, USA and France raise their hands for abstentions. (3 SHOTS)
GV Security Council listen to vote result. Harriman reads resolution adopted. (2 SHOTS)
SV Angolan Ambassador Elision de Figueriredo speaking (in English). (2 SHOTS)
HARRIMAN:"We continue to see a situation unfold in Southern Africa, which goes beyond our existent preoccupations over Angola today. We recall when Britain and the United States accepted a voluntary arms embargo. This voluntary embargo had a loophole through which France, a non-participant in NATO military planning supplied South Africa with arms without any blemish on NATO. While the erstwhile fascist Portugal acquired NATO material and wherewithal to keep the outer flank of South Africa secure. The mineral basket - copper, chrome, diamonds, gold and uranium of South Africa - was thereby made the preserves of the West and therefore must remain in white hands. A partnership was brought into play. The wealth and economic power of the United States on the one hand and the technology of Europe were brought together, resulting in a quantum leap in technology in the West This was made available to South Africa on a kith-and-kin basis. In contrast, Africa and non-European countries were by-passed in this new economic action."
CHAIRMAN: "Those against... Abstentions.."
FIGUERIREDO:"All I can say is that once again South Africa has been painfully made aware of their position of their lip-service to principles of international and humanitarian law, and of their continued allegiance to imperialist and colonialist links. In this sense, Mr. President, every act of aggression on us in Southern Africa is perpetrated not only by the racist regime in South Africa, but also by its Western imperialist allies. And this we construe as support for apartheid system, imperialist exploitation and repression. All protestations to the contrary. Mr. President, ultimately we will triumph. Until then...'la lutta continua.' I thank you sir."
CHAIRMAN:"I thank the representative of Angola for his statement."
"La lutta continua" -- "The struggle goes on".
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Background: The United Nations Security Council has censured South Africa for its recent attacks on Angola. The resolution, presented by Zambia and supported by the non-aligned nations, called on the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council which would then consider further sanctions against South Africa. The Nigerian Ambassador Leslie Harriman said that loopholes were made in the last sanctions against South Africa when the United States and Britain arranged for supplies to get through via France.
SYNOPSIS: The resolution was carried by twelve votes to none, with three abstentions -- The United States, Britain and France. Angolan Ambassador Elision de Figueriredo spoke of the links between South Africa's racist regime and her Western allies.